This time last year, after a promising start, events conspired to put gardening and harvesting somewhat on the backburner.
This year, events have conspired to have the opposite effect. Not just for extra lockdown projects like the greenhouse and fruit cage, but to have beautifully weeded, prepared and planted out in the veg beds for once too.
So with everything looking unusually spick and span it’s been great to celebrate with the first of the harvests to come, starting as always with broad beans and our favourite broad bean pesto with plenty of early lettuce for an accompanying salad.
Closely followed by lifting the onions and garlic.
Regular readers will know we always over-winter these, so our harvest is usually a few weeks ahead of spring growers.
The onions are a bit misshapen this year, but these hardy survivors have had to battle the wettest winter ever, followed by the hottest, driest spring ever, driven by climate change, so they have done well to still be with us at all.
It’s the first time in our rotation plan that we have grown onions in this area, so it might have been there all along, but now we know, this patch will have to be permanently out of bounds for any alliums, and we’ll have to be mindful not to spread contaminated soil when using this area for other unaffected crops.